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asking comedian stephen colbert to testify before congress in character as a conservative talk show host. why would colbert testify at a hearing about migrant workers? it comes back to a segment on his show when he went a day picking beans and packing corn. griff jenkins has the story about a wild day today on capitol hill. >> reporter: today stephen colbert appeared as an expert witness before a house judiciary committee to testify about his experience as a migrant work field. he appeared at the of democratic subcommittee chairwoman. the appearance drew mixed reaction here. even one committee member, democrat john conyers asked colbert to submit his testimony in writing and leave. while the nature of the hearing is a deadly serious one, mr. colbert's testimony was anything but. >> this is america. i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. i want it picked by american. sliced by a guatemalan and served by a venezuelan in a spa where a chilian gives me a brazilian. >> i'm asking to you leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> i'm here at the invitation o
. comedian stephen colbert tells congress about his day as a migrant farm worker. >>> the military special ops weather team in action. a critical unit when war depends on the battlefield forecast. >> what does this have to do with weather? >> well, you have to be alive to report the weather. >>> and home, after more than a year in an iran prison, sarah shourd sits down today with cnn. >> nothing in life can prepare you for something like this. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm don lemon. tony is off today. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >> but, up first, mr. colbert goes to washington. comedy central funny man stephen colbert brings his spin to serious issues, farm labor and immigration. he testified momenting ago before a congressional subcommittee. here's his take on a day spent picking beans. >> i started my work day with preconceived notions of migrant work, but after working with these men and women picking beans, packing corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun i have to say, and i do this sincerely, please don't make me do th
listening to dr. swain i withdraw my previous request that i made to stephen. >> thank you. we turn now to mr. colbert for is five minutes of testimony. >> good morning. i am american citizen. it is an honor and privilege to be here today. the congresswomen asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue. i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span-1. as we heard this morning, american farms are far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. and, if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you'll see that many americans already started. unfortunately, my gastroenterologists has informed me in no uncertain terms that they are a necessary source of roughage. at evidence, and like to submit a video of my colonoscopy into the record. we all know there is a long history of great nations importing farmworkers to do their work. after all,
to be up to every detail. bill: and, stephen hayes and marion marsh are coming up to debate the topic you are talking about. stay tuned for that great panel and a big issue here, in the meantime, voters waiting to see what congress does about the expiring tax cuts, both parties divided over whether or not to extend them, to all americans, and, democratic leaders have yet to make a move on the issue and that change -- will that change today, we wonder, molly henneberg, camped out on the hill, what this is democrats' strategy at play. >> reporter: that is what everybody is waiting to see, how the democrats will proceed with this and the nation's most high-profile democrat, president obama, will speak about the bush tax cuts later today. that is what we are given to expect. and, the tax cuts that are -- apply to virtually every taxpayer that are set to expire at the end of the year unless congress acts and the president said he wants to extend the tax cuts for households that make $250,000 or less and, democrats led my harry reid, are trying to figure out how to do that but as yet no bill is
stewart and stephen colbert are ready to rally. the two are planning their own national mall rebuttal rallies at the end of october. here's stewart announcing his gathering on last night's show. >> for tonight i announce the rally to restore sanity. we will gather! we will gather on the national mall in washington, d.c.! 1 million moderate march where we take to the streets to send a message to our leaders and our national media that says, we are here! we're only here, though, until 6:00, because we have a sitter. a call for rationality. >> well, not to be outdone, stephen colbert then called on all freedom-loving patriots to march on the same day at the same time for his "keep fear alive" rally. and, of course, cnn, equals politics, we'll be breaking down the big political stories of the day with our senior editor mark preston. >> and some of the biggest are right there. >>> some other stories this morning. it should be over another couple of days. drilling on a relief well. bp can now proceed with the bottom kill. that's the process where they're going to dump that heavy drilling mu
everybody back to work. martha: stephen moore, is an economic writer at the "wall street journal." good to see you. >> hi there. martha: a couple of things i take away from what austan goolsbee said, they try to manage down expectation and don't want to say things will get better when we have a long way to go. >> that's right, by the way, martha, i have known him several years and is a good economist but what he's disabilities of here is being honest, here. being honest about the repercussions of the stimulus bill, we probably are going to have a number of more months of 9%-plus unemployment, and, this, i think is an admission, at stimulus plan did not work. remember, we were promised an unemployment rate of less than 8% by now. martha: why they are backing away from specific numbers, because, the 8% number has hung around their shoulders in an unpleasant way and there's the august number, 9.6, the highest rate of 10% and nobody is feeling great at 9.6%, and, the stimulus package, there's still a lot of money left in that. a lot of folks wonder why can't we use the money for the new sti
, will stephen lynch pull off a victory? >>> a federal judge in florida said he will likely allow a trial on portions of a lawsuit by florida and 19 other states challenging the president's health care overall as unconstitutional. the judge said in a hearing today in pence cola he expects to dismiss some parts of the lawsuit. let's get more clarification from pete williams. obviously people are looking at judge's wording and what this may mean for other states. what can you tell us? >> well, this is another tactical victory for the people who are claiming that the obama health care plan violates the constitution by requiring all americans to buy health care, and if they don't do so to pay a tax penalty. so this is one of the big sets of cases. this was 20 states, as you noted. the obama administration was hoping the courts would throw them out and find out the states filing them have no legal standing to do so. this judge thinks the case can go forward. this follows a similar ruling. he says he'll not rule on this until october 14th. just a month ago a judge in virginia declined to throw
to your paycheck next year if tax cuts are not extended. stephen moore, senior economic writer for the wall street journal, good morning to stkpwhraou by hill. -- hi bill. >> bill: if you make $50,000 a year, your taxes will go up $2900, starting when, the third week in january? >> january 1, 20 # one. as soon as that clock hits midnight, the new year brings those tax increases. >> if you're making $100,000 a year, your taxes go up $4500. >> yes. by the way, bill, let me just say one thing about this, it depends on how many kids you have, because remember there was a child credit in the 2001 and 2003 tax bill, so this is -- i think those examples you're using are for a family of four with two kids. bill: clarification, it is a family of four, based on our research and our brain room. the president has said he signed eight pieces of legislation already that provide small business tax cuts, and your tax haven't gone up in this administration, your taxes have gone down. is he right? >> well, he's partly right. it's true that he has signed a lot of legislation that's supposed to he
theoretically won. >> it's so funny, you a great story in the piece about stephen colbert telling his wife their friend, jon stewart had been chosen to host "the daily show." >> she said, wait a minute, he was the quiet guy in the corner with the beard, not the funny one. what's he doing getting the show? stewart is a very smart guy. there's no magic formula as he says. he's worked hard at his humor, getting booed off stage in all the standard sort of start-up things. he lucked into a niche in some ways, "the daily show" existed before he took over as house. it wasn't nearly as political, as topical. he knew he wanted to give it some weight. but some things that have happened in the real world, many of them not funny, have given him openings. and the polarization of media, cable channels, fox obviously the biggest culprit, has given stewart a middle to both poke fun at and sort of represent in some ways. it's going to be interesting, with this rally he talked about last night, he seeing it as a piece of theater, as another goof on glenn beck and everybody else. whether he can do that and n
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